29 August 2018
PORTLAND, USA: An expert panel of judges selected SUMMERIFIC ‘Cherry Choco Latte’ Rose Mallow (Hibiscus SUMMERIFIC® ‘Cherry Choco Latte’ PPAF CBRAF) as the Best in Show winner at the 2018 Farwest Show New Varieties Showcase.
‘Cherry Choco Latte’ is just one of 60 outstanding new selections on display at the 2018 Farwest Show and available from at least one show exhibitor. The show opened August 22 and continues through August 24 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.
“Farwest consistently displays the best new selections the horticulture industry has to offer, and our 2018 show is no different,” show director Allan Niemi of the Oregon Association of Nurseries said.
‘Cherry Choco Latte’ is introduced by Walters Gardens Inc. and is available at the Farwest Show from Walla Walla Nursery Co. Inc. (Booth #12019). It is a brand new, long blooming Hibiscus with a smaller size that is more suitable for tighter spaces. Very large, 8–9-inch three-dimensional flowers are white with intense deep pink veining and a notably
large red eye. Attractive dark olive green foliage has bronze highlights and forms a compact clump, with flowers covering the entire habit later in the season. Best in full sun but tolerates part shade. Needs average to consistent moisture, is deer resistant, attracts hummingbirds, and is a native hybrid. Best in landscapes.
In addition of the Best of Show award, three Awards of Merit were given by the judges. They were as follows:
deep red tones in autumn. A perfect fit for urban landscapes, this vigorous and upright growing tree calipers well as it develops a uniformly branched canopy with minimal pruning. Compact and narrow, it develops an ideal street tree form and produces very few seeds. Selected as an outstanding performer from the breeder’s 30-plus-year effort to combine
the best characteristics of Asian and European maple species, its handsome, pest and disease resistant foliage is glossy and tatter resistant. Urban Sunset® is compact and upright, with a stronger central leader than other Acer truncatum × A. platanoides hybrids on the market, with exceptionally handsome summer foliage. Produces fewer seeds and has deeper
red, long lasting fall color. Hardy to Zone 4b.
It is disease resistant, with a compact habit and pink spring flowers. Adaptable to most well-drained soils and tolerates drought once established. This plant is best left unpruned, but it can be pruned after blooming if needed. Hardy down to -40 F (-40 C). Zones 3–7.
During the Farwest Show, people in attendance can vote for their favorites. The votes will be tallied, resulting in the selection of three People’s Choice Awards that will be announced on the final day of the show. All of the New Varieties Showcase selections are viewable here.
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